Rangoli – The Traditional Art



In a traditional household, the lady of the house starts her daily chores with purifying herself, drawing some Rangoli lines in front of the pooja room and the tulsi. Her regular routine begins after this ritual. With this, her entire day remains fresh and lively.

But as modernization is seeping in to our culture, we are slowly forgetting our traditional customs and rituals. Nowadays we hardly find a handful of women, who do their routine religiously. Gone are the days when we used to find children seeking blessings from their elders before going to school or any auspicious occasion.

With this fast pace of life that we are adapting to, maintaining religious standards is becoming almost impossible. In due course of time, it will have its after effects on us.

Instead, why not we go back to our roots and find some solace in it. Rangoli is one such medium, where we can let our creative juices flow and seek some peace of mind. Due to various reasons, Rangoli has become a dying art. The late B.P.Bairi, fondly known as ‘Rangoli brahma’ did a lot of pioneering work to revive Rangoli. Even to this day, one can find his Rangoli books in all the households in this part of the region. Following his footsteps is Ms Bharathi Maravanthe, an enthusiastic girl from the Maravanthe town in Kundapur taluk. Having been attracted towards the colourful lines of Rangoli from her childhood, Rangoli is Bharathi’s passion.

In her book ‘Rangoli’ (published by Samsevini, Basrur 576 211, Udupi district; price Rs 25/-; first edition – 2000), Bharathi has attempted to give the historical background of the origin and different types of Rangoli. In the remaining part of the book, there is a collection of various kinds of Rangolis (see and learn method), which have been created by her.

May Bharathi’s ‘Rangoli’ decorate your houses. Lets all get together and conserve this art that is almost on the brink of extinction, so that the coming generation will be proud of their ancestors’ creativity.